Board Certifications: American Board of Facial Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery American Board of Otolaryngology - ABO

Procedures: Non-Surgical

Q&A – Non Surgical Nose Jobs

What is a non-surgical nose job?

A non-surgical nose job is a simple, though very temporary correction for specific nasal imperfections including:

  • Bump on the nose
  • Problem with the nasal tip

A non-surgical nose job temporarily corrects these issues using injections and neurotoxins, such as Dysport and Botox. For example, filler injections, like Restylane, Juvederm or Radiesse will add volume to smooth and camouflage a bump, while Botox or Dysport can be used to lift the tip of the nose slightly.

Who is the ideal patient?

A non-surgical nose job is ideal for patients who are temporarily looking to improve their profile and camouflage a bump or lift the tip of the nose. The procedure, however, does not replace a surgical or real nose job; it is a temporary solution that may only last six months. For this reason, the non-surgical treatment is ideal for patients who are only looking for a short-term correction and who want to improve their appearance for a wedding, party or a specific event.

What is the difference between a surgical and non-surgical nose job?

A traditional nose job is a surgical procedure that corrects the structures of the nose. A non-surgical nose job is limited in the results it can provide. The procedure cannot make a nose smaller, change the structure of a nose or reduce a large tip or narrow a wide nose; a non-surgical treatment cannot help a patient who presents with breathing issues. Dr. Rizk works with each patient, listening to respective goals during a private consultation. He uses this time to assess if a surgical or non-surgical procedure is needed. Even if a patient is interested in a nose job, a non-surgical procedure may be a good opportunity to "test drive" a new nose.

What is recovery like?

When a non-surgical rhinoplasty is done conservatively, the procedure takes about 15 minutes with topical aesthetic. Patients often schedule a non-surgical nose job as a lunchtime procedure. Because there is no downtime, they are able to return to work immediately and go about their day as usual.

How can you find a doctor?

A non-surgical rhinoplasty should be preformed by a facial plastic surgeon who understands nasal anatomy both externally and internally within the nose. Otherwise, there is a risk that the filler will be placed incorrectly where it may migrate to different areas around the nose. When preformed by an unskilled provider, there is always the risk that the bump may appear bigger or that the filler may move into the nose, possibly blocking breathing passages. A facial plastic surgeon with a skilled hand, knowledge of and experience with the procedure is vital in order to ensure the safest and most natural looking outcomes.

Written by Dr. Sam Rizk

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